BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr., BrgyMaharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer, conducted ocular visit and inspection to the designated checkpoint area established by respective Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against COVID-19 in Surigao del Sur and Agusandel Sur Area of Operation (AO) on March 22, 2020.

The National government formulated an IATF to contain COVID-19 in the country. In line with this, the Philippine Army supports and strictly adhere the mandates set by IATF. Whereas, all municipalities and city within the AOR of 75IB, organized and adopted the IATF to prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Hence, every agency followed strictly the rules and procedures to suppress the outspread of the virus. Disinfectants spray and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been provided by the LGUs intended for pedestrians and every vehicle passing the checkpoint. Thus, people were also instructed to keep a one (1) meter distance; hands were sanitized and body temperature checked by the designated frontliners.

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocol, many people are stocking their homes with all the supplies they might need to disinfect, per recommendations from the Center forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to make their home life a little more comfortable.

Lt. Col. Munda advised that “one of the best things we can do right now to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash our hands frequently. That means scrubbing them after we use the bathroom, ride public transportation, blow our nose, cough or sneeze, as well as before we eat. The Philippine Red Cross also recommends that you wash your hands for at least twenty (20) seconds in order to effectively clean them. While antibacterial soap is crucial, just regular hand-washing is a crucial way to stop germs from spreading.”

Lt. Col. Munda further advised the troops and frontliners manning the checkpoints to follow strictly the procedures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. “With the collaboration of every agency at this time of pandemic, definitely, we could contain the outspread of COVID-19. To the people and community, play your part to enable us to play ours effectively in ensuring the safety and well-being of the people in this part of Caraga Region.” Lt. Col. Munda stated.

The Philippine Army; PNP; LGUs of every municipality; and the Brgy. Officials have played their role in responding well during this time of crisis. Supporting the national government in assisting and implementing the different guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in every locality and the cooperation of the people in the community will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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